The Turncoat (Renegades of the Revolution, Bk 1) by Donna Thorland

turncoat by donna thorland

Series: Renegades of the Revolution, Bk 1

Publication Date: March 2013

Gale Cengage

Library copy



“Kate didn’t like Mrs. Ferrers. Something about the beautiful young widow was off.”

Kate Grey begins her relationship with Angela Ferrers on a very distrustful note, only to find out a short while later that her mistrust was accurately placed. Kate soon learns the hard way that Angela Ferrers is a Continental spy for Washington’s troops as she drags Kate into the middle of a tempestuous war in the year 1777.

Unlike the worldly Mrs. Ferrers, Kate Grey is a young Quaker woman raised by a well educated and open-minded father, who had served with Washington during the French and Indian War. In spite of her education, Kate was from a very rural Quaker area. As a result of traumatic events brought about by Mrs. Ferrers, Kate sees her best Quaker friend, who is several months pregnant, raped by British troops and taken prisoner. As a result of this incident and other underlying reasons, Kate is drawn into the Revolutionary web of espionage with Mrs. Ferrers.

The storyline follows Kate’s twisted relationships with Peter Tremayne, a young British officer whose acquaintance she makes prior to leaving her Quaker lifestyle behind, and his cousin, Bayard Caide, a decadent, rather shallow and twisted British officer. The story traces Washington’s winter at Valley Forge as the British try to defeat the Continental Army. The historical aspect of the novel is very interesting. On the downside, a few of the scenes, such as the shooting in the beginning by Angela Ferrers, are a little over the top in believability. The relationship twists are a bit complex and not entirely believable considering that Kate Grey had such a strong Quaker background. In spite of the issues with the characters and situations, the novel was very intriguing.

This book is an excellent historical fiction set during the American Revolution. The characters are interesting and evoke strong emotions in the reader. The story is a good mix of history, intrigue, and romance. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a good read and I will definitely read her next book, The Rebel Pirate.

Rated: 4 out of 5 stars

Note: Book contains graphic sex scenes and violence. This is not an inspirational historical fiction novel.


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